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December 13, 2010

Applause for Nobel Selection

LOS ANGELES (12-13-2010) - The president of the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Foundation (WWLF) has written a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo, applauding them for selecting Liu Xiaobo as its 2010 recipient. In a letter to Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland, WWLF President Donald Wilson Bush praised the award decision, saying:

    "The Nobel Committee awarded Liu the prize in absentia, for, 'his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.' Liu is an example of the kind of person we must honor and recognize as a witness to the sort of government-sponsored, institutionalized bullying in our world today. Because he stood up against the Chinese government's bullying, he is now in prison. We are thankful for the action of the Nobel Committee for keeping a spotlight on Mr. Liu's struggle with this magnificant award."
In 2009, the Chinese government indicted Liu on charges of "inciting subversion of state power." The government found him guilty and sentenced him to eleven years in prison. Two days before he was sentenced on December 25, 2009, Liu wrote:

    "I have no enemies, and no hatred. None of the police who have monitored, arrested and interrogated me, the prosecutors who prosecuted me, or the judges who sentence me, are my enemies. While I'm unable to accept your surveillance, arrest, prosecution or sentencing, I respect your professions and personalities. . . I was aware of your respect and sincerity in your interrogation of me . . .

    For hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and block a nation's progress to freedom and democracy. I hope therefore to be able to transcend my personal vicissitudes in understanding the development of the state and changes in society, to counter the hostility of the regime with the best of intentions, and defuse hate with love....

    I do not feel guilty for following my constitutional right to freedom of expression, for fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen. Even if accused of it, I would have no complaints."

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